Ajay Singh

Ajay Singh

Ajay is a Los Angeles-based journalist who worked as a staff correspondent for Asiaweek magazine in Hong Kong in the 1990s and in the New Delhi bureaus of The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal Asia.

Latest from Ajay Singh

Review | Forbidden Memory explores the role of Tibetan Red Guards in the Cultural Revolution

The starting point for Tsering Woeser’s book, Forbidden Memory, was a trunk of photographs taken by her father in Tibet in the 1960s.

The starting point for Tsering Woeser’s book, Forbidden Memory, was a trunk of photographs taken by her father in Tibet in the 1960s.

30 May 2020 - 5:21AM
Review | The Journey of Liu Xiaobo reveals how Chinese dissident went from ‘dark horse’ to Nobel laureate

Friends and colleagues recall the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and a fearless champion of human rights and democracy in China.

Friends and colleagues recall the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and a fearless champion of human rights and democracy in China.

18 Apr 2020 - 1:14PM
In Minor Feelings, Cathy Park Hong asks whether Asian-Americans will become ‘stooges to a white ideology’

Poet and author Cathy Park Hong explores ‘racialised’ emotions of shame, doubt and gloominess in her latest book.

Poet and author Cathy Park Hong explores ‘racialised’ emotions of shame, doubt and gloominess in her latest book.

28 Feb 2020 - 5:04AM
Review | Arundhati Roy’s My Seditious Heart: political essays on 20 years as a thorn in the side of India’s establishment

In My Seditious Heart, the writer takes on gender politics, corporate globalisation, religious fundamentalism and India’s caste system.

In My Seditious Heart, the writer takes on gender politics, corporate globalisation, religious fundamentalism and India’s caste system.

11 Jul 2019 - 11:12AM
British writer and poet Pico Iyer on life, love and mortality in Japan

Iyer’s new memoir is a homage to Japan, a reminder of the impermanence of life, and having the courage to carry on in your autumn years. He poses the question: ‘How do we hold on to the things we love even though we know that we and they are dying?’

Iyer’s new memoir is a homage to Japan, a reminder of the impermanence of life, and having the courage to carry on in your autumn years. He poses the question: ‘How do we hold on to the things we love even though we know that we and they are dying?’

11 Jun 2019 - 8:19AM
Review | Under Red Skies: Karoline Kan comes to terms with China’s conflicted past through family’s story

Former New York Times journalist Karoline Kan draws on family stories to write a coming-of-age tale unique to contemporary China.

Former New York Times journalist Karoline Kan draws on family stories to write a coming-of-age tale unique to contemporary China.

5 Nov 2020 - 9:17PM
When East Asians were the enemy: why fleeing newly communist China meant enduring racism

Author Helen Zia’s mother was among the many thousands who fled Shanghai after the communist revolution – the subject of her new book; in the US, where many ended up, they, like other East Asians, were seen by many as the enemy.

Author Helen Zia’s mother was among the many thousands who fled Shanghai after the communist revolution – the subject of her new book; in the US, where many ended up, they, like other East Asians, were seen by many as the enemy.

15 Apr 2019 - 5:00AM
Review | Siddharth Dube’s memoir examines how homophobia became ingrained in India’s ruling class

In memoir An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex, Siddharth Dube lays bare the terror that dominates gay men’s lives in the country’s ‘homosocial’ society

In memoir An Indefinite Sentence: A Personal History of Outlawed Love and Sex, Siddharth Dube lays bare the terror that dominates gay men’s lives in the country’s ‘homosocial’ society

14 Mar 2019 - 10:53AM
Review | Biography of Singapore prime minister Goh Chok Tong dwells on his differences with Lee Kuan Yew

Biography of Singapore prime minister dwells on his differences with predecessor Lee Kuan Yew, who disapproved of his ‘kinder and gentler’ governing style and gave him Machiavelli’s The Prince for some hints on how to lead.

Biography of Singapore prime minister dwells on his differences with predecessor Lee Kuan Yew, who disapproved of his ‘kinder and gentler’ governing style and gave him Machiavelli’s The Prince for some hints on how to lead.

2 Jan 2019 - 7:27PM
Review | Rudyard Kipling’s sadism and squalid sexual urges writ large in Sudhir Kakar’s novel of historic fiction

The Kipling File is a well-researched, elegant and highly readable fictional account of the young writer’s life in colonial India

The Kipling File is a well-researched, elegant and highly readable fictional account of the young writer’s life in colonial India

18 Oct 2018 - 11:36AM
Review | Indian migrant’s searing appraisal of race in the United States is manifesto for the next non-white generation

Race is everything in America, unless you are white. In her first book, writer and editor Sharmila Sen argues that to level the playing field, whiteness must be acknowledged and its ‘magic cloak of invisibility’ removed.

Race is everything in America, unless you are white. In her first book, writer and editor Sharmila Sen argues that to level the playing field, whiteness must be acknowledged and its ‘magic cloak of invisibility’ removed.

30 Aug 2018 - 11:12AM
Review | Hope, conflict, struggle: Chinese-American experience laid bare in elegant debut novel

Number One Chinese Restaurant is an acutely observed character study of life, love and loss in a fiery workplace

Number One Chinese Restaurant is an acutely observed character study of life, love and loss in a fiery workplace

14 Jun 2018 - 12:26PM
Review | Why educated, professional women in China aren’t marrying – new book explores the ‘leftover women’ phenomenon

Notwithstanding criticism author Roseann Lake has faced for her book’s failure to acknowledge a China scholar’s earlier work on the subject, Leftover in China is highly readable – and full of candid quotes from women unable to find mates

Notwithstanding criticism author Roseann Lake has faced for her book’s failure to acknowledge a China scholar’s earlier work on the subject, Leftover in China is highly readable – and full of candid quotes from women unable to find mates

4 Mar 2018 - 2:27AM
Khizr Khan’s memoir details Muslim family’s pursuit of American dream after defying Donald Trump on world’s stage

In 2016, Khan offered the soon-to-be president his pocket Constitution during a televised speech denouncing him; his book, ‘An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice’, offers insights into his experience of personal loss

In 2016, Khan offered the soon-to-be president his pocket Constitution during a televised speech denouncing him; his book, ‘An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice’, offers insights into his experience of personal loss

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Review | A ‘one-man war machine’: America’s spymaster in Korea and his reign of sabotage, torture and murder revealed in new book

Blaine Harden’s book King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea narrates the story of Donald Nichols, an ‘American T.E. Lawrence’; implicated in torture and murder, he died in ignominy in a psychiatric hospital

Blaine Harden’s book King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea narrates the story of Donald Nichols, an ‘American T.E. Lawrence’; implicated in torture and murder, he died in ignominy in a psychiatric hospital

18 Oct 2017 - 6:15PM
Review | Arundhati Roy’s first novel in 20 years, although not a complete success, shows she’s no one-hit wonder

The Booker Prize winner returns to fiction with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, a story of religious and political violence full of lush prose but spoiled in places by expository detail that becomes overwhelming

The Booker Prize winner returns to fiction with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, a story of religious and political violence full of lush prose but spoiled in places by expository detail that becomes overwhelming

21 Jun 2017 - 11:01AM
Book review: Frog - Mo Yan dramatises trauma of one-child policy in China

Nobel laureate's novel views modern mainland history through trauma of the one-child policy.

Nobel laureate's novel views modern mainland history through trauma of the one-child policy.

2 Nov 2015 - 4:11PM
Tidiness guru says keep only the things that bring you happiness

Marie Kondo, the Japanese diva of decluttering, may have some useful tips for families trying to establish some order in cramped flats.

Marie Kondo, the Japanese diva of decluttering, may have some useful tips for families trying to establish some order in cramped flats.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Book review: I Ching - wisdom found in translation of Chinese oracle

In China, the I Ching is a highly influential classic whose status in any other culture might have been that of sacred scripture.

 

In China, the I Ching is a highly influential classic whose status in any other culture might have been that of sacred scripture.

 

3 Jan 2015 - 9:04PM
Review: a mesmerising journey into the life of a brilliant polymath

In Zia Haider Rahman's debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, a young Oxford-educated Bangladeshi-born British human rights lawyer named only as Zafar befriends a colonel in the Pakistani army against the backdrop of the past decade's war in Afghanistan.

 

In Zia Haider Rahman's debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, a young Oxford-educated Bangladeshi-born British human rights lawyer named only as Zafar befriends a colonel in the Pakistani army against the backdrop of the past decade's war in Afghanistan.

 

22 Dec 2014 - 2:10PM
13 Dec 2014 - 10:37PM
North Korea's secrets spilled in author's haunting memoir

Suki Kim spent six months teaching English to the sons of hermit state's elite and left feeling sad for a people 'utterly debased'

Suki Kim spent six months teaching English to the sons of hermit state's elite and left feeling sad for a people 'utterly debased'

12 Dec 2014 - 6:15PM
15 Nov 2014 - 8:16PM
Author Q&A: Bilal Tanweer

Debut novel tackles deadly political violence in Karachi.

Debut novel tackles deadly political violence in Karachi.

25 Oct 2014 - 11:32PM
4 Oct 2014 - 11:24PM
Book review: The Lotus and the Storm, by Lan Cao

Love and suffering are so inextricably tied in the psyche of Vietnam that the nation's epic poem The Tale of Kieu revolves around a hero who is separated for years from his lover, but never stops dreaming of their reunion.

Love and suffering are so inextricably tied in the psyche of Vietnam that the nation's epic poem The Tale of Kieu revolves around a hero who is separated for years from his lover, but never stops dreaming of their reunion.

14 Sep 2014 - 1:28PM
From street to CEO seat with 'Slumdog' author

The opening line of The Accidental Apprentice, the third and latest novel by Vikas Swarup, reads: "In life you never get what you deserve: you get what you negotiate."

The opening line of The Accidental Apprentice, the third and latest novel by Vikas Swarup, reads: "In life you never get what you deserve: you get what you negotiate."

14 Sep 2014 - 1:28PM
Asian-American Ed Lin lives the Great American Dream

Ed Lin was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where his parents, immigrants from Taiwan and the mainland, owned small hotels.

Ed Lin was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, where his parents, immigrants from Taiwan and the mainland, owned small hotels.

10 Aug 2014 - 12:46PM
Back In The News: Alex Tizon

The American-Filipino author and Pulitzer Prize winner tells Ajay Singh how he learned to love his Asian-male identity.

The American-Filipino author and Pulitzer Prize winner tells Ajay Singh how he learned to love his Asian-male identity.

20 May 2017 - 8:24AM
18 May 2014 - 3:45PM